Chanakya was an philosopher, economist and royal advisor. Chanakya is known by many names. Kautilya and Vishnugupta are two of them.

Here are some quotes of Chanakya which will inspire you.

  • Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

  • The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you cannot keep a secret with you, do not expect that others will keep it? It will destroy you.

  • The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind but the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.

  • Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.

  • Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

  • A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

  • Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.


  • A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he also goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.

  • Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a friend in adversity, a relative in difficulty, and a wife in misfortune.

  • There is some self-interest behind every friendship. The bitter truth is that there is no friendship without self-interests.

  • The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.

  • Time perfects men as well as destroys them.

  • The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

  • Learning is a friend on the journey; a wife in the house; medicine in sickness; and religious merit is the only friend after death.

  • All the creatures are pleased by loving words; and therefore we should address words that are pleasing to all, for there is no lack of sweet words.